Around the industry: State lawmakers ask to review faculty pay

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  • Calgary: The University of Calgary plans to hire around 100 new faculty members over the next two years. About 25 of the positions will be entirely new and the other 75 will replace positions expected to become vacant soon because of retirement or other attrition. President Elizabeth Cannon says the hiring spree will bring new energy to campus, but the school still needs additional government funding to expand student capacity at the overcrowded campus (Ferguson, Calgary Herald, 9/30).
  • Louisiana: In the wake of the Oregon community college shooting, some lawmakers and students in the state are concerned about campus safety. State legislator Wesley Bishop (D) is pushing for a statewide study of campus security practices. In addition, some students also want metal detectors in campus buildings, however, police officials and other students argue the detectors would not be effective at deterring mass violence (Wilson, Fox 8/WVUE New Orleans, 10/2).
  • Utah: Before approving public college leaders' budget for next year, the state's Education Appropriations Committee wants to review a list of professor salaries.  The budget requests a 9% increase in funding from the state and a 2.5% tuition increase—about $102 per in-state student. State senators asked higher education leaders why costs are rising at all and zeroed in on faculty pay (Knox, Salt Lake Tribune, 9/30).

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